Before you delve into complex scholarly monographs and academic research articles, it's important to have a general understanding of your topic. This page lists tools and resources that can help you learn about your topic broadly. They can help you identify key people, events, issues, and dates that relate to your topic. Jot down what you come across: these terms will serve as keywords for your library searches.
Several guides from the Library of Congress may also give you research ideas:
Research Starters appear in Search@XU results for frequently-researched topics. They will be shown at the top of the search result page with a yellow light bulb icon. A Research Starter gives an overview of a topic and identifies key issues, dates, names, and places associated with it.